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Research in Higher Education Journal, v14 Dec 2011

Faculty employ a number of classroom management practices in order to create an environment that facilitates optimum learning, which can be dependent on student motivation. When certain policies are adopted, academic freedom issues may arise, specifically whether the instructor has the freedom to adopt various practices. This study explores whether there is agreement between faculty and students as to whether such freedom exists when it comes to multiple scenarios involving policies related to instructor accessibility/availability and student attendance/participation. This paper summarizes the responses to a survey conducted of professors and students at a midsized, Midwestern liberal arts university who were asked by use of a survey whether instructors had the freedom to adopt 21 specific policies, and provides a statistical comparison of the results.

Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Student Participation, College Faculty, College Students, Student Surveys, Classroom Techniques, Student Motivation, Teacher Responsibility

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Autor: Dykstra, De Vee; Moen, David; Davies, Thomas


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